For 40 years, John Brown reflected on the hopeless and miserable condition of the slaves, 1941

  • Jacob Lawrence, American, 1917-2000

Gouache on white wove paper

  • Overall: 19 7/8 × 13 5/8 inches (50.5 × 34.6 cm)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Lowenthal

55.354.2

Department

African American Art

  • Slavery
  • Harlem renaissance
  • Abolitionists
  • Men
  • Women
  • History (discipline)
  • Gouache
  • Wove paper
  • Bayonets
  • Swords
  • Prayer
  • Book
  • Table (support furniture)
  • Gouache
  • New orleans
  • Brown, john

1945, Downtown Gallery (New York, New York, USA). after 1945, Mr. and Mrs. Milton Lowenthal (New York, New York, USA)

1955-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

"Art: John Brown's Body." Newsweek, December 24, 1945, 87. Berryman, Florence S. "News of Art and Artists: John Brown's Struggles." The Sunday Star, Washington, DC, October 6, 1945, B-5. B.W. "Saga of John Brown." Art Digest 20 (December 15, 1945): 17. "John Brown Series by Jacob Lawrence." Portland Museum Bulletin 8 (July 1947): 2. "Accessions, 1955-1956." Bulletin of the DIA 35, no. 2 (1955-56): 53. "Artist Who Stuck to His Story: Jacob Lawrence's John Brown." The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, December 20, 1978, A8-A9. The Legend of John Brown. Exh. cat., the Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1978, p. 16 (ill.). Sharp, Ellen. "The Legend of John Brown and the Series by Jacob Lawrence." Bulletin of the DIA 67, no. 4 (1993): 25 (ill.).

© Estate of Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Jacob Lawrence, For 40 years, John Brown reflected on the hopeless and miserable condition of the slaves, 1941, gouache on white wove paper. Detroit Institute of Arts, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Lowenthal, 55.354.2.